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Scoop Top 30 Weekend Ratings - 1-2 April 2006


Yesterday's top 30 rating items on Scoop were...

1: Peters welcomes Sevele's appointment

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has welcomed Dr Fred Sevele’s formal appointment as Prime Minister of Tonga, saying it is a positive step towards reform.

2: Toxic shellfish return to Hawke’s Bay

Toxic shellfish return to Hawke’s Bay – coastline from Cape Kidnappers north to Mohaka River mouth closed

3: The Anti-Americans - Blame Kirkpatrick First

Jean Kirkpatrick's recent intervention in Nicaragua's internal politics is a helpful reminder that US government foreign policy is marked not just by hypocrisy and sadism but also by delusional stupidity. Take this quote from an interview Kirkpatrick gave ...

4: Settlement of Acquisition & Allotment of Units

Macquarie Goodman Property Trust ("MGP") is pleased to announce that the $318.2 million acquisition ("Acquisition") of certain interests in properties, currently held by ASX-listed Macquarie Goodman Group ("MGQ") and its subsidiaries, has been settled. ...

5: Lucy Lawless honoured

Lucy Lawless displays the Insignia of a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit at Government House in Auckland. Her citation reads: "For services to entertainment and the community. Lucy Lawless has had a long film, stage and television career ...

6: Burma: Update and Next Steps - Eric G. John

Eric G. John, Deputy Assistant Secretary, East Asian and Pacific Affairs Statement before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific Washington, DC March 29, 2006

7: Rates 'Capping' Bill Gives Hope To Ratepayers

Rodney Hide's Members Bill aimed at 'capping' council rate increases relative to the level of inflation will give some hope to ratepayers across the country - particularly as many councils are forecasting significant rate increases over the next ten years.

8: Renewable energy target needs more wind power

The New Zealand Wind Energy Association today said the Government could still meet its renewable energy targets for 2012 if it allowed network companies to develop wind farms.

9: Condoleezza Rice En Route To Berlin, Germany

SECRETARY RICE: Good evening. The overnight flight to Europe is now underway. Sorry, I had to be on a panel for the American Society of International Law.

10: Scoop: Top Scoops + Just Politics

Tony Blair In NZ: NZ PM welcomes UK Counterpart - SCOOP IS IN THE HOUSE: - State Housing: Moderately Well Off Tenants Could Buy Their Houses Under National - NZ Gongs: Xena's Killing Spree Ends In Top NZ Honour - Environment: Ecological Groups Voices ...

11: Jailed Algerian & Banned Turkmen To Receive Awards

Jailed Algerian Newspaper Publisher, Banned Turkmen Novelist To Receive 2006 PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Awards

12: Sooden & Blair Interviews A Scoop Media Inclusive

New Zealand's incidental connection to world events has been a feature of recent days. However, due to Tony Blair's granting of exclusives and Harmeet Sooden's reluctance to grant them, our media has not been able to most of these events.

13: The US Economic Relationship with India & Pakistan

Josette S. Shiner, Under Secretary for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs Address to the Heritage Foundation Washington, DC February 24, 2006

14: Extra-terrestrial experiences, scientific dating

Get ready for mass psychology experiments, extra-terrestrial experiences, and scientifically proven dating tips, at the 2006 New Zealand International Science Festival to be held in Dunedin this winter.

15: Quicksilver Internet launches new faster broadband

Quicksilver Internet is today launching a brand new set of faster broadband plans, offering download speeds up to 3.5 Mb, and upload speeds up to 512K.

16: MSM Finally Gets Half The Voting Machine Story

The fact that electronic voting machines don't work may finally be sinking into a segment of the mainstream media. The fact that e-voting machines can, have been, and will be used to steal elections, continues to go unreported.

17: Canada’s Aid to Haiti: Commendable / Making Amends

Since Aristide was ousted in a de facto coup in February 2004, Haiti’s turn towards an unconstitutional, if widely recognized, government has presented the international community with a grave crisis.

18: Harmeet Sooden Speaks, Believes Ransom Was Paid

Speaking publicly for the first time since his release from his Iraqi captors and subsequent return to New Zealand, Christian Peacemaker Harmeet Sooden appeared before the media in a press conference in Auckland today. The Auckland University student ...

19: Tuol Sleng Survivor Paints Pictures Of His Torture

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Vann Nath is one of seven survivors of Cambodia's Tuol Sleng torture chambers, and escaped when Pol Pot's "killing fields" regime suddenly collapsed in 1979.

20: The New Face Of Apartheid: J.K. Hackwell's Ohio

The most unprincipled and opportunistic man in the history of Ohio, Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, stands poised to claim the Republican primary for governor. Blackwell and his far-right theocratic “rapture-ready” Christian dominionists will ...

21: Audio and Images: ICANN's Vint Cerf, Paul Twomey

Scoop Audio and Images: ICANN's Vint Cerf and Paul Twomey Article and Photos by Lyndon Hood

22: Questions And Answers - Wednesday 29 March 2006

1. New Zealand Qualifications Authority—Scholarship 2. Working for Families Package—Outcome 3. Working for Families Package—Income Limits 4. Greenhouse Gas Emissions—Agriculture Question No. 3 to Minister 5. State Houses—Household Incomes 6. Teenage Crime—Principal ...

23: Bolton On UNSC Presidential Statement on Iran

AMBASSADOR BOLTON: Okay, well, I'll be responding to your questions. But I think one thing that's very important is that the message we're sending is a message to the government of Iran that has been pursuing nuclear weapons a very clear message ...

24: U.S. Strategy to Combat Proliferation of WMDs

I am pleased to have the opportunity to provide a written statement to the Subcommittee regarding the threat to U.S. national security from the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and delivery means, and the Administration's strategy for ...

25: 9,000 Afghans return from Pakistan in UN programme

Nearly 9,000 Afghan refugees have gone home in the first month of the final year of the United Nations-assisted repatriation programme from Pakistan, citing jobs and shelter as key factors influencing their decision in an operation that is expected ...

26: Transpower seeks settlement, no 19% price rise

Electricity transmission business Transpower has told the Commerce Commission its customers will not pay the planned 19% price rise on 1 April, while Transpower seeks to negotiate an administrative settlement with the Commission.

27: World’s first broadband environmental TV channel

The world’s first broadband TV channel dedicated to environmental issues – called ‘’ and developed with support from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – is being launched today, aiming to become a “one-stop shop” of broadcast ...

28: Liberian Charles Taylor to appear in court Monday

Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, currently being held in Sierra Leone on multiple charges of war crimes, will make his first appearance in court on Monday, a United Nations spokesperson said today.

29: Sudan’s Darfur region, DR of Congo top UN agenda

Sudan’s Darfur region, DR of Congo top agenda at Annan’s talks in New York

30: Rogue Outburst from National on Foreign Affairs

The outrageous abuse hurled at Tony Blair by Tau Henare is a further example of National's undisciplined and inept attitude towards foreign policy, says Foreign Minister Winston Peters.


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